Only 34.75 per cent of registered voters actually voted in the just concluded Presidential elections, according data released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the percentage represents 28,614,190 people who cast their votes during the elections.
Atiku, in a statement he personally signed early Wednesday morning, said if he had lost in a free and fair election, he would have called the winner, President Muhammadu Buhari within seconds of his being aware of the outcome of the exercise. He said, “if I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.
The party’s concerns were expressed by its agent, Chief Osita Chidoka, who argued that since the 5.1 million restrained votes were more than the 3.9million votes margin of win scored by President Muhammadu Buhari, it had become necessary to review the outcome of the election and consider the suspension of the declaration exercise.
The Peoples Democratic Party, has cleared all votes cast at the two polling units at Amachalla Primary School Mpu, in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State. Mpu is the country home of the Deputy Senate President and PDP Senatorial candidate for Enugu West, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. It reports that out of the 499 valid votes cast, PDP scored 468 votes for Presidency, 490 for Senate and 492 for House of Reps. Other parties scored zero.
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will be engaging in a final battle of who leads Nigeria in the presidential election scheduled for tomorrow. President Buhari overcame the power of encumbency when he defeated former President Goodluck Jonathan to emerge President in 2015. While many Nigerians believe that the 2015 event which reasured the world of the stability and growth of democracy in the country.
It will be recalled that the EFCC on Thursday complained over the influx of foreign currency to the country. Meanwhile, he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has condemned the invasion of the Afao Ekiti residence of the immediate past Governor of the State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, saying no amount of intimidation can break the will of Nigerians to vote out the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurance on Friday in Abuja while addressing a press conference on the commission’s preparations for the presidential and National Assembly elections. Yakubu said that the commission has concluded the deployment of sensitive and non-sensitive materials to the 774 local government areas across the country.
An uneasy calm now pervades Eha Alumona, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State as a strong supporter of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Chukwuemeka Ishienyi, was shot dead on Wednesday. The deceased was said to have been shot dead while returning from a meeting allegedly organised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Eha Uno Ward in Nsukka.
It was gathered that the long convoy of the vice president was attacked by political thugs allegedly hiding from the corner of one of the compounds and fired gun shots at the convoy. They were said to fled immediately the act was perpetrated. All Progressives Congress (APC) in a swift reaction Thursday night condemned the act in strongest terms while the ruling Peoples Democratic party PDP in the state dissociated itself from the act.
In preparation for this Saturday February 23rd Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Federal Government has declared Friday, February 22nd as a public holiday. A statement released by the Ministry of Interior, says bankers and those offering essential services across the nation are excluded in observing the public holiday.
He was murdered on Tuesday night shortly after presiding over a meeting of the party in the ward. The development sparked off fear in the state ahead of Saturday’s rescheduled presidential and National Assembly election. The suspected hired assassins were said to have murdered him in his house right before his family members.
Reno Omokri, former aide to Goodluck Jonathan, have raised an alarm over the alleged arrest of Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, who is a Lawyer of the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. According to.Reno Omokri, the arrest was made today with the aid of 25 heavily armed policemen.
According to reports, some hoodlums who were allegedly hired to assassinate the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, have been apprehended. It was gathered that the thugs were nabbed over the weekend in Alor community in Anambra state (the minister's hometown) following the elections which was postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by one week.